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  • #98701

    ddddeeee
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    Despicable Me 3 had a song album released by Columbia and then a digital score released by Backlot. I imagine the same is happening here.

    #98703

    ddddeeee
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    #98749

    ddddeeee
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    Samples are on iTunes. The theme in the first track is a real earworm.

    #98750

    rkeaveney
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    #98751

    sajrocks
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    a nod to “welcome christmas” from the 1966 film in the first bars of the opening? fah who foraze, dah who doraze indeed!

    #98752

    sajrocks
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    additional thoughts just posted to FSM after second listen:

    some of elfman’s brightest, airiest orchestrations in years (can really hear between the sections with some great woodwind clarity)…

    loving the kooky faux rock/jazzy riffs al la ‘the incredibles’ in “walking toward destiny”, “grinch’s wild ride” and especially “mailing the letter”…

    well hello reedy organ, theremin and i think elfman’s first use of full bell choir ever…

    some terrific stallingesque writing reminiscent of his work on “meet the robinsons” and obvs “nightmare before christmas”…

    knocks the choir/brass big christmas sound out of the park, and keeps the tchaikovsky pizzicato string + glockenspiel holiday cliche ALIVE…

    standout tracks: “the big opening”, “christmas in whoville”, “lost lonely boy”, “loudest snow”, “taking the bait” and showstoppers “grinch’s wild ride” and “stealing christmas”…

    #98753

    ddddeeee
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    It’s a bit distracting to hear that Oz theme (that later was used as a secondary theme for Time in Alice 2) all over this, but it’s Elfman unleashed, so obviously I’m loving it. The opening track is fantastic.

    Still a bit bummed by the lack of CD.

    #98754

    rkeaveney
    Keymaster

    Wish the recent Elfman London recordings were closer-mic’ed. I prefer being in the orchestra rather than outside of it.
    Lots of Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet too. Haven’t really picked out the main theme yet, but so far the score is a romp.

    #98756

    ddddeeee
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    This was recorded in LA.

    Much prefer the London recordings myself.

    #98757

    Thor
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    After one listen, I’m not too thrilled. Lots of mickey-mousing and brass “screams” (reminiscent of FLUBBER, which is not a compliment). As previously mentioned, this is NOT the type of Elfman I gravitate towards these days.

    I’ll sit impatiently and tap my fingers while I wait for his next indie project (or concert work) to be released.

    #98759

    Ryan Keaveney
    Keymaster

    Yikes, dddeee, you’re right. I think I got this and DUMBO mixed up. My daughter is almost 1 year old and my memory hasn’t returned… Those dumb dad sitcoms might not be totally wrong.

    #98761

    ddddeeee
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    Saw the movie. It’s exactly what you’re expecting.

    Score is really generously mixed. Some moments which normally would have screamed for crazy mickey-mousing were played less ‘notey’ (no idea how to explain this musically), which I thought was interesting from Elfman. ‘It’s Better This Way’ and ‘Lost, Lonely Boy’ are really lovely in context.

    I think I prefer this to Elfman’s other non-Burton animated scores. It has a lot of heart.

    #98765

    ddddeeee
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    Elfman’s 10th film to hit $200M at the domestic box office. Will end up being his fifth biggest movie in the US unadjusted for inflation.

    #98863

    ddddeeee
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    #98864

    rkeaveney
    Keymaster

    Hmmm, nothing on .ca yet. I recently picked up the song track album for completion sake. This would be a more worthwhile addition.

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